The experience of returning to Peru every few years for the past decade has been a deeply spiritual and eye opening experience.
On the first day of every retreat we head to a peaceful Andean Lake where we kayak, picnic, and meet our shaman for a spiritual ceremony. This year, the shaman who came was familiar to me, but I wasn’t sure how or why. After talking with him we learned that his father, Francisco, had come to us the previous years. As a young boy he was born into a family of shaman’s so now it was his turn to come and greet us, and train his younger brother while doing so. They walked down from the mountain for three days to get to us. During the ceremony we put all of our hopes, fears, and dreams into the sacred circle, which the shaman then made a package out of all the treasures and representations of items we put inside. Lara, my co-teacher, and I had never done this before, but we asked if we could take the package this time. At first he didn’t seem pleased, as shamans don’t usually give sacred ceremony items to Americans. Once we told him that our idea was to bury it under our favorite Lucuma tree a huge smile spread across his face. There was a moment of deep connection, where I could see his heart settle through his eyes. He knew that we understood the sacred nature and power of the ceremony we just completed together. The Lucuma tree sits on the land at Wilka Tikka in The Sacred Valley where we lead our retreats. It dates back to PRE-INCAN times! It is the oldest tree I have ever seen or heard about it. Since she has been there forever, we figured it was a good place to bury our greatest hopes for safe keeping.
Tips for Traveling in Peru
01 : Learn some spanish
02 : Plan WAY ahead.
03 : Hire a driver.
04 : Don’t do all the touristy stuff, there are so many hidden gems waiting to share their magic with you.